October 2021

The World is coming to Rochester Cathedral

Published 12 October

If you loved the Museum of the Moon, you won’t want to miss Luke Jerram’s Gaia arriving at Rochester Cathedral in February 2022.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, Gaia features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface. The artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet on this scale, floating in three-dimensions.

The installation will be at Rochester Cathedral from 8-28 February 2022. Find out more.

Eastgate House

Dickens Swiss Chalet

Eastgate House poised to re-open

Published 11 October 2021

Eastgate House, one of the most amazing buildings in Rochester High Street, will re-open its doors on Thursday, 28 October, having been closed due to the pandemic.

Visitors can once again explore more than 400 years of local history throughout the Grade I Elizabethan mansion, which has been a family home, a Victorian school, and an inspiration to the great author Charles Dickens.

The new season begins with a half term Halloween offer for families. Admission is free for up to three children from Thursday, 28 to Sunday, 31 October.

Children must be accompanied by at least one paying adult. There will also be a Spooky Treasure Hunt for children which costs 80p per child.

The house is open 10am to 5pm. Last admission 4.45pm. The admission price for adults is £5.50, concessions (including over 60s) £4. Groups of 10 or more 15% discount on adult price.

Supporting Medway’s businesses in the creative, hospitality, cultural and weddings sectors

Published 8 October

Medway Council is encouraging businesses in the creative, hospitality, cultural and weddings sectors, which have been financially impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic, to apply for government funding.

Small businesses in Medway are able to apply for Additional Restriction Grants of up to £40,000.

To be eligible for the grant, businesses must be registered in Medway and applicants will need to prove that they work in the creative, hospitality, cultural and weddings sectors, and that the pandemic affected their business financially between March 2020 and July 2021.

They will also need to demonstrate how a grant will help them to recover and rebuild. The grants are not available to businesses who have already benefitted from ARG funding.

The grants are available in various amounts, depending on the nature of the bids received. Each funding bid will be carefully considered however there is no guarantee that every bid will be successful.

Local businesses can apply for funding between Monday, 1 November and Monday, 15 November. Grants will be awarded early next year. Find out more